Uninspired and preachy the opening monologue had very few laughs and too many jabs...
The 2016 Academy Awards got me excited because it had Chris Rock hosting the show. After Kevin Hart he's the funniest man in business (why didn't Hart get the job?, too short for the podium, eh?). Unfortunately all that excitement about watching Rock deliver his signature punch lines and jokes died an early death when we realised the direction his monologue was taking. There were bits where Rock showed us shades of brilliance reminding us why he got the stint, but most of it was colored in fifty shades of black.
My problem with Rock's hosting was that it looked like an extended Jimmy Fallon episode dedicated to celebrating Black Week. Just when you though Rock would move away from the 'big elephant' in the room and touch upon other topics a Whoopi Goldberg sketch would pop up. Actors sitting in the audience squirmed in awkward discomfort (like us!) as the ranting went on and on..The only relief came when he sold some Girl Scout cookies with A list actors handing out 100 dollar bills (again inspired by previous host Ellen DeGenre's pizza act).
“Is Hollywood racist?” Rock asked. “You’re damn right Hollywood’s racist.” Setting the tone early on in the show Rock gave the night a serious moment when he chimed in, In Memoriam section should be “black people that were shot by the cops on the way to the movies”.
There was no song and dance, no digs at actors, I missed the 'what's going in their head' section that Billy Crystal made popular, instead the show became a documentary and an unending spiel on the lack of colored nominees this year.
My vote for the best hosting goes to the Golden Globes, the Oscars are too tricky and politically correct to let their emcees get away rogue scripts. It's time we get #RickyGervais4Oscars trending on Twitter!
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